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Anxiety in the Classroom

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Paul Foxman, PhD
6 Hours 01 Minutes
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Jun 07, 2017
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  • Practical techniques you can use with your students immediately
  • Effective treatment strategies for each of the seven key anxiety disorders
  • Video examples in a school setting

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, global terrorism and violence, extensive technology use, media overload, bullying and diversity issues, has produced a “shell shocked” generation of students struggling to manage their anxiety. The challenge for those working in schools is to recognize the increasing anxiety level in students and help them cope.
Dr. Paul Foxman will teach you how, why and when anxiety develops in young people. The various manifestations for anxiety will be described, so that anxious students can be recognized and supported. Dr. Foxman will help you distinguish between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders, and give you a principle for making this distinction in school settings. Most importantly, you will learn practical strategies that can be applied immediately in the classroom setting and schools to reduce anxiety, enhance teaching effectiveness, and promote maximum learning.



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



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Vermont Center for Anxiety Care

Paul Foxman, PhD, has led hundreds of workshops throughout the US and Canada, and he has appeared on television and radio as an expert on the topic anxiety. His books include The Clinician’s Guide to Anxiety Disorders in Kids & Teens (PESI, 2016), Dancing with Fear (Hunter House, 2007) and award-winning The Worried Child (Hunter House, 2004). He also co-authored a casebook, Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders (with Glatzer) (Hunter House, 2002). Dr. Foxman’s most recent book, Traumas and Triumphs, was published in 2022. Dr. Foxman is known for his knowledge and clarity, sense of humor, compassion, and engaging speaking style.

Dr. Foxman is a clinical psychologist, as well as founder and director of the Vermont Center for Anxiety Care. In 1985, he co-founded the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, VT, now flourishing from kindergarten through high school. Dr. Foxman has over 40 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, and private practice.

Dr. Foxman’s education includes Yale University (BA in Psychology), Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (PhD in Clinical Psychology), and training at the Department of Psychiatry of Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, the Kennedy Child Study Center in Nashville, and the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Paul Foxman is the founder and director of the Vermont Center for Anxiety Care. He is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Foxman receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Paul Foxman is a member of the Vermont Psychological Association and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.


  1. Design effective strategies to decrease the stress response in kids with learning disabilities to improve information processing, listening skills, and comprehension.
  2. Summarize the different ways anxiety manifests in the classroom (worry, social isolation, attention deficits, etc.) and determine the appropriate strategy for reducing symptoms.
  3. Implement a three-step skill building model for stress management among young clients.
  4. Utilize classroom friendly calming and relaxation activities to keep students engaged.
  5. Determine the signs of normal anxiety vs anxiety disorders to enhance teaching effectiveness.
  6. Evaluate the impact deep breathing exercises have on anxiety to enable task completion in the classroom.


Nature and Causes of Anxiety
  • How, when and why anxiety develops in children
  • The anxiety temperament (biological sensitivity)
  • The “anxiety personality” – assets and liabilities
  • The role of stress in anxiety
How Anxiety Manifests in the Classroom
  • Perfectionism
  • Worry
  • Task avoidance
  • Restlessness and hyperactivity
  • Attention deficits
  • School avoidance
  • Social isolation
  • Depression and withdrawal
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Low motivation
  • Disorganization and poor time management
  • Academic inconsistency or decline
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavior problems
Seven Key Anxiety Disorders: Symptoms and Case Examples
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder (including selective mutism)
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
Classroom Interventions
  • Assessing stress level in students
  • 3-S approach to stress management (signs, sources and skillful solutions)
  • Focusing the mind for learning
  • Classroom friendly calming and relaxation activities
  • Encouraging “flow”
  • Mindfulness strategies
  • Relationship building with anxious students
  • Tips for reducing test anxiety
  • Creating calm in the classroom
  • 3 questions: intervention for anxious parents
  • “Responsive Classroom”: applications and research findings
  • Risk management with high-conflict divorce families
  • Managing technology use in and out of school
  • Best approach to bullying
  • Anxiety curriculums for schools (friends for life, lifeskills)
  • Special considerations for preschoolers
  • Behavioral health recommendations
  • How to be a role model for low stress and anxiety
Limitations of Research and Potential Risks
  • Consider scope of practice
  • Empirical and anecdotal evidence
  • No “one size fits all” for any modality of anxiety treatment

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals.



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"Dr. Foxman was awesome!"

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